Hundreds attend beloved Seattle business owner’s emotional funeral at Climate Pledge Arena

Loss, Love, and a Life of Service: Thursday marked the emotional tribute to beloved Seattle business owner and community leader D’Vonne Pickett Jr.

Family, friends and elected officials were among the hundreds of people who gathered at the Climate Pledge Arena for his memorial service.

Through song, prayer, and personal stories, Pickett’s loved ones celebrated his most memorable accomplishments. The crowd chanted, “Long live D’Vonne Pickett Junior!”

People from across the country filled the stands to pay their last respects to the beloved entrepreneur, devoted father, loving husband, community leader and top athlete at Seattle University.

“His worldview, his dreams went way beyond the basketball court,” said Cameron Dollar, D’Vonne’s coach at Seattle University.

Pickett has dedicated his life to giving back to the Central District, the community that raised him. He and his wife, Keanna Pickett, opened a shop, The Postman, on a street where he grew up. It’s the same street where she saw his life taken when he was shot dead on October 19th.

“I rely heavily on you all because the mission that D’Vonne and I believed in with our blood, sweat and tears was to keep communities connected and we will continue to do that,” said Keanna.

Pickett’s sudden death hit many hard, including Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell.

“I got a call from my son. My son said, ‘I think D’Vonne was shot. I think he was killed,'” Harrell said, wiping away tears.

The community honors the legacy of the beloved business owner who was killed in Seattle’s Central District

More than just a successful businessman, Pickett was a devoted father, husband, youth athletic coach, student and athlete at Seattle University and played professional basketball internationally. His mother’s screams echoed through the streets on Thursday as she stood at the memorial in disbelief that her son and all his achievements will be remembered.

For his family, the pain is even deeper.

“I told the Lord – I told God bear with me. I don’t know how I’m going to find forgiveness right now. So please forgive me for the way I feel. This is a loss I never expected,” said D’Vonne’s grandfather, Maurice Hunter.

Nobody is hurt like his sisters and his mother.

“I never thought in a million years that I would be here. So when I tell you I’m really broken, I mean it. I feel like my soul has been ripped out,” De’Auz exclaimed. “Janae Pickett, D’Vonne’s sister.

“D’Vonne is my first born child. I had him when I was 15. He grew up with me. He made me a better person,” sighed Nicky Chappell, D’Vonne’s mother.

As they mourn Pickett’s death, they will remember his life and legacy as king. His son, D’Vonne Pickett III, placed a crown on his coffin as everyone stood to pay their respects one last time.

“This is my baby. Thank you everyone,” Chappell cried.

Pickett is survived by his three children, family, friends and community.


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